The meeting covered many topics, including the importance of UC's role in the selection of lab directors. Norman J. Pattiz, chairman of the Board of Governors of both Los Alamos National Security LLC (LANS LLC) and Lawrence Livermore National Security LLC (LLNS LLC), "stressed that the selection of the laboratory director is one of the University’s most important contributions to the partnership."
12.6 Committee on Oversight of the Department of Energy Laboratories.
The Committee on Oversight of the Department of Energy Laboratories shall:
- Consider and report to the Board, or to appropriate Committees of the Board, on matters concerning relations with the United States Department of Energy and matters relating to the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
- Act in an advisory capacity to the President of the University with respect to appointments of Directors and Deputy Directors of the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
- Consider reports relating to:
- the management of the Laboratories;
- the scientific and technical quality of all work undertaken at the Laboratories;
- the appointment and retention of Laboratory personnel of the highest competence;
- the health and safety of the public and Laboratory employees and the maintenance of environmental quality;
- interaction among the Laboratories, the campuses and the larger scientific community; and
- the quality of Laboratory communication with the public concerning all Laboratory work.
- Report periodically to the Board concerning the oversight functions described in (c) above.
Pattiz further stated that he believes "that the LLCs’ oversight role had protected the University to a degree from being blamed for any lapses." The minutes don't explain why he believes this. Hopefully it is not based on arguments of UC immunity under the 11th Amendment of the Constitution. Is Pattiz correct in his belief that the LLCs are responsible for the actions of a lab director they have no part in selecting?
If anyone has a full transcript (or audio) of the meeting please email it and I will post it. Perhaps it will clarify the points made by Chairman Pattiz. A copy of the meeting minutes can be downloaded here.